Instant Expert: The Mathematical World
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Instant Expert: The Mathematical World

Instant Expert: The Mathematical World

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The Royal College of General Practitioners

30 Euston Square

London, United Kingdom

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New Scientist presents... Instant Expert: The Mathematical World

Mathematics underpins our understanding of the universe and is intimately involved in our everyday lives. But how much do we really understand about this enigmatic world? Is mathematics discovered or invented? How can we harness the power of mathematics to improve our health, wellbeing and economic fortune? Are there limits to the prime numbers? How many kinds of infinity are there? Does mathematics really shape the universe?

Come to our one-day masterclass and let six leading experts guide you through one of the most intriguing and important fields of human knowledge.


  • Marcus du SautoySimonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Oxford University
  • Ian StewartProfessor of Mathematics, University of Warwick
  • Hannah FryLecturer, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL
  • Sheila BirdProfessor of Biostatistics, MRC, University of Cambridge
  • Plus, 2 more speakers to be announced
  • Hosted by Michael Brooks, New Scientist consultant and author of bestseller 13 Things That Don't Make Sense


Humans have been learning to manipulate the abstract notion of numbers since ancient times, but it has been a difficult journey. Things we take for granted today, such as zero, infinity and negative numbers, were once considered nonsensical or even dangerous.

Now we live in a world ruled by mathematics. What’s more, it’s no longer just about numbers. Today’s mathematicians explore and manipulate a huge range of concepts such as symmetries, complex equations, statistics and algebra.

The impact of our ever-tightening grasp of mathematics is huge. It has allowed us to establish economic systems, grow international trade, understand the origins and structure of the universe, improve public health, put criminals in jail and perform myriad other tasks. And yet there are still enormous gaps in our understanding of this enigmatic world. We have learned a lot, but there is plenty of territory left to explore.

Join our speakers on a journey through the beguiling world of mathematical thinking.

Topics covered will include:

  • How mathematics shapes the universe
  • Why statistics rules the world
  • Is symmetry fundamental to our existence?
  • The mathematical algorithms behind everyday life
  • The enigma of infinity
  • The mathematical problems still waiting to be solved
  • And much more

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in the secrets of the mathematical universe, whatever your age or background. Whether you're a scientist, a student or simply a fascinated human being, Instant Expert: The Mathematical World is a one-day masterclass that offers the chance to learn directly from the experts.

What's included in your ticket:

  • In-depth and engaging talks from 6 leading experts in mathematics
  • Ask-an-expert Question Time session
  • Your chance to meet our six speakers and host Michael Brooks
  • Buffet lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Exclusive Instant Expert certificate
  • Exclusive on-the-day New Scientist subscription deal, book and merchandise offers

Booking information:

  • The event will be held in the Brunei Auditorium at RCGP / 30 Euston Square.
  • Doors to the Auditorium will open at 9:15am, with talks commencing at 10am sharp. The event will finish at 5pm.
  • We require the name of each person attending - please ensure this is provided at the time of booking. If you need to change the name of an attendee, please notify us as soon as possible:
  • Eventbrite will email you your ticket(s) immediately after purchase. Please remember to bring your ticket with you as you'll need it to gain entry. We can scan tickets from a print out, or off the screen of a phone / tablet / smartwatch.
  • The ticket price includes a buffet lunch, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments.
  • The schedule / exact running order for the day will be confirmed closer to the event, and will be emailed to all ticket holders.
  • Should you require details about disabled access, please contact us at:
  • All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
  • New Scientist reserves the right to alter the event and its line-up, or cancel the event. In the unlikely event of cancellation, all tickets will be fully refunded. Neither New Scientist nor its parent company will be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
  • Tickets are subject to availability and are only available in advance through Eventbrite.
  • A minimum of 100 early bird discount tickets are available priced at £129 (saving £20 on the full ticket price of £149).
  • No concessionary tickets are available for this event.
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